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Depending on the condition of your limb, it may take several months to achieve confident and natural use of a prosthesis. Short-term and long-term goals should be jointly agreed between you and the clinicians involved in your care.
Initial wearing periods should be no longer than 15 to 30 minutes, with frequent examination of the skin for excess pressure or poor socket fit.
If no skin problems are present, wearing periods may be increased in 30-minute increments three times a day. By the end of a week, you may be comfortable wearing your prosthesis all day.
Always start with simple activities and gradually increase the complexity as your skill levels and confidence grow.
Remember that learning to relax is as important as opening and closing the prosthesis.